Discombobulate / Nov ’19
We love disco because it’s inclusive. It makes people move towards one another, it creates a space where any music can come together. We love to get struck by its bright/dark lights. And the beat too. There is no better way to start a kaleidoscopic trip into the discothesque than with a Dj who literally discombobulated disco itself, Daniele Baldelli. From Daniele onwards, disco is no longer a specific space for specific things. It is a transversal concept, an open box for experimenting (Friday 1). Next week, the weird disco pop of Steve Pepe, who’s known to be able to take the (dance)floor out from under your feet. Supported by multifaceted Dj Eva Geist, they will deliver strong and discombobulating waves to our trippy bodies (Friday 8). Up next, it is time for the dopaminic art rock of Guido Möbius. Supported by Spettro Residents, they’re expected to blow a rave inspired wind at our premises (Friday 15). Coming up, two special gigs by Francisco Meirino and Lorenzo Abattoir, exploring magnetic fields, electro-static soundscapes and abrasive noise worlds. With the support of respected Dj Marius Georgescu, this night is going to be as stylish as genreless (Friday 29). Expect other off gigs, special projects, flashmobs and discombobulated stuff to be announced soon!
FRIDAY 1 NOVEMBER
It can be said that, without knowing it, Daniele Baldelli was the forerunner of all that is the work of Dee Jay. Starting in 1969, when there were no mixer or headphones for pre-listening, he was the man who made disco music with electronic drums, synthesizers and the first samplers (which only had 4 seconds of memory at the time). In 1980, Daniele invents the "Dee Jay concerto": four turntables, two mixers and electronic drums or live percussion, during which he mixed 80 to 100 songs in just about half an hour, giving life to a super-megamix, rigorously live. Another peculiarity of his revolutionary style was the use of the equalizer, which he used as a musical instrument, intervening rhythmically on keys and sliders, to manipulate frequencies and creating accents on cymbals, pianos, bass lines. Widely imitated or taken as a reference since the "Cosmic" times (1979-1984), Daniele Baldelli was at the time alone: with his imagination, his desire for music, his technical research, he spaced and experimented with various styles, without having any module or model to refer to.
© Daniele Baldelli
FRIDAY 15 NOVEMBER
Steve Pepe + Eva Geist
Steve Pepe (Manuel Cascone)
Over the years, Manuel Cascone (aka Steve Pepe) gravitated around the Roman scene. Musician, producer, artist, cultural agitator, known for the Cascao & Lady Maru and Nastro project, Manuel is above all the hidden producer of a tremendous amount of others' releases coming from the Italian capital. After the acclaimed 2018 album "Danza Moderna" (Hirven Disc), he is just about to release his second work for the Macadam Mambo label: "2020". It is Steve's ambition to deconstruct dance music, by avoiding all comfortable connections, which easily become manneristic and boring in the long run. The music of Steve Pepe fits between acts of avant-garde dance, simple naive languages to refresh the listener's ideas, and then suddenly remove the floor from under his feet.
© Manuel Cascone
Eva Geist (Andrea Noce)
Eva Geist is a project of Andrea Noce, an artist known both for her solo work and her part in the more upbeat/experimental synth duo, As Longitude, together with Laura ODL. Together they also curate a series of sonic collages called FISHES. Andrea, who grew up in the beautiful Calabria region of Southern Italy, also used to be a part of the playful synthpop duo le Rose together with sound artist Flavio Scutti. Listening to Andrea’s music you can feel that it was created by a person with an eclectic, sophisticated and adventurous music taste. This is clearly manifested in her DJ sets and mixes, which are full of extravagant sonic terrains - new and old, forgotten and rediscovered. Quite frequently you can catch her spinning records in Sameheads, a Berlin underground venue focusing on synth/experimental/DIY music. Under the Eva Geist moniker she paints vast synthesized landscapes of imaginary worlds, where we can trace the elegance of minimal/synth music, fourth world exotica, new age vastness or hazy motorik patterns. As she puts it in her interview for the Scottish newspaper The National: “I wanted my Eva Geist stuff to have beats you can dance to, but soft, abstract ones. It’s inspired by cosmic music, mantra music, New Age music and by film soundtracks.” (secretthirteen)
© Rugilė Desnystė
FRIDAY 15 NOVEMBER
On stage Guido Möbius is surrounded by his serially connected effects units that he controls as if in a trance. Every step in the creation of his music is public: When Möbius activates one of his pedals, the audience are a witness to this process and its result. Nothing is mysteriously conceived behind laptop screens. Möbius‘ music happens before his audiences‘ very eyes (and ears). This accounts for a large part of the fascination of his performances. The other (and maybe even greater) part results from the turns his music take, which never fails to surprise the audience. In his live sets Möbius creates delicate links between experimentation, handmade techno, funk, polyrhythmic patterns, acid, weird noises and gospel music. Methodically prepared passages and improvisation combine into a coherent set, and Möbius deals with the energy on the fly. Failures and restarts are constant companions and sources of inspiration. At times, Möbius piles up loops of vocal-, trumpet- or guitar-sounds into a mighty drone whose gravity is interrupted abruptly by a driving beat or a gospel choir. His wit, his sobriety, his wealth of ideas and his very own musical dialect attest his authorship. The Berlin musician masters the art of subtly slipping us radical sounds and keeping a track in its flow even with the most unexpected twists and turns.
© Manuel Miethe
FRIDAY 29 NOVEMBER
Lorenzo Abattoir + Francisco Meirino + Marius Georgescu
Lorenzo Abbà (aka Abattoir) is a sound artist and sound engineer from Turin. Involved in several projects, he released albums on Italian and international labels (Dusktone, Malignant), and performed in live concerts in Europe and United States. Lorenzo is the founder of the electroacoustic collective Mare di Dirac, with whom he creates live performances based on field recordings, natural reverbs and special handmade instruments.
© Lorenzo Abbà
Spanish born in 1975, Francisco Meirino is active since 1994 (as phroq until 2009) in experimental music and live performance. His music explores the tension between programmable material and the potential for its failure, he is primarily interested in the idea of recording what is not supposed to be : gear failures, the death of PA systems, magnetic fields and electro-static noises and in how he can use them and hear them radically out of context. Francisco Meirino's music is fascinating by its physical intensity and detail precision. He mainly works with the computer, (eurorack) modular synthesizer, reel-to-reel tape recorders, magnetic fields detectors, piezo tranducers, field recorders and various home-made electronics.
© I. Dangeli
Marius Georgescu (DJ)
Bucharest based music enthusiast Marius Georgescu plans to evoke a cosmik-occult synth-led hysteria on the gap between wave, industrial, electro and motorik beat excursions. No time nor space borders.
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